Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Writing Materials

Since i've practically finished my old journal (and bound it in my old boots- well, the leather) I decided to make some new ones.

 One I bound using ring binder clips (and I'll show that later) but the second I decided to do a proper text block for the first time- its easier than I thought, as long as you have clear instructions- I found this tutorial from bookbinding university the clearest. I can't believe I put it off so long.

I used a lot of different papers. I have a problem throwing out those asian manilla envelopes out... and my sons nursery still had reams of that prehistoric dot matrix printer paper which I found hilarious.. so that goes in there...

And some vellum, of course...

And I stuck some nice leather to the exterior.. I'll do a clasp when I have a better idea of how fat it's going to turn out (or so I say; it's mostly because I never get round to doing these things...)

Friday, 20 March 2015

In case you missed this morning is eclipse I braved the cold weather to bring you this summary of my live blogging of the event! Enjoy!

Wow! It's starting! Maybe. Who knows.

Here is my shot of the big event!

Monday, 16 March 2015

Old journal

Last page. 


Important news: New house has several blossom trees that are blossoming.
I hung the washing out on the line (and it dried)

When petals fall in water, they align perfectly. 

As you were. 

Friday, 13 March 2015


The trick is to just keep going .... 

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Monday, 19 January 2015

Building stories

I wouldn't promote the evil that is Amazon, but Chris Wares 'building stories' suddenly dropped from £30 to £7.50 and I'm not big enough or rich enough to resist that. In case you are not aware this, is a giant box filled with 14 comic books of various sizes (a joyous and exciting surprise to me, like  unwrapping a present) It gives new meaning to coffeetable book being four legs away from actually being coffee table.

Anyway, these gorgeously presented tales of ordinary lives tinged with sadness the world will keep me busy for a while. I'm a bit obsessed with the layouts sort of like those diagrams I  used to draw while revising but more interesting (it just occurred to me perhaps other people don't draw diagrams to revise, not being visual like me)

Of course its best to add another comic to get the free supersaver delivery,  So I bought a little nobrow for Mr nut there, who is enjoying 'time to make a monster' very much.

Anyway, this is a bargain.